Witness Mars through the historic, large Zeiss telescope as our neighbour in space comes the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years.
The large Edith Winstone Blackwell Zeiss Telescope is one of the largest telescopes in New Zealand accessible for regular public viewing. Throughout all July and August, we will be hosting Zeiss Telescope Tours in the historic observatory dome for only $5 per person, Wednesday-Saturday (weather permitting, excluding 18 July, 8 Aug and evenings closed for venue hire. Select your desired visit date here to check availability.)
A maximum of 15 people can fit in the telescope dome at a time, meaning you’ll have a short personalised and intimate tour of the telescope with our knowledgeable volunteer operators. You’ll get to look through the impressive telescope to see the Red Planet. Mars is low in the sky early in the evening during early July, rising higher in the sky as the night gets older. If cloud interferes with a view of Mars, then Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are on view, plus wonderful double stars, nebulae, star clusters and more for an awesome night-time spectacle. Also, our telescope operators are always willing to help with queries concerning anything and everything about space!
Includes a takeaway booklet about the history of the Zeiss telescope and its role in shaping the Stardome we know today.
No need to book. Purchase tickets at the front desk. This experience is weather permitting. If you’re unsure whether to make the journey out to us, give us a call beforehand on 09 624 1246 and one of our helpful team will be able to assist (bearing in mind that Auckland weather can change at the drop of a hat!)